The Reverend Sharon Waters will be joining UHUMC as its newest full time Pastor on June 24th.
I am in my twentieth year of ministry which began as a student pastor while I attended seminary at Emory from 1998 through 2001. I married in 1981 to Bruce Waters and was widowed in 2011. I have three adult children— Son, Ian, age 33, lives in Los Angeles, Ca. Daughter, Camille, age 31, lives in San Antonio, Tx with her daughter Ellen, age 9. Son Charles (Chas) age 26, also lives in San Antonio, Tx.
I grew up in Louisiana and that is where our children were born. We became a parsonage family in Georgia where they fell in love with church lady food. The kids are all reasonably well educated and are making their way in the world. We do try to see each other as often as possible. You will enjoy meeting my clever and comely granddaughter in July when she comes to visit. I believe that she will be a great icebreaker as we get to know each other.
I was a speech language pathologist in my first career and I have a great passion for language, literacy, and child development. I believe that this translates very well to nurturing a faith community that values teaching and passing on the language of our faith. My favorite scripture is Micah 6:8. My favorite part of worship is communion. My favorite food is tex mex. I expect that one day, some years down the road still, I will retire in Texas to be near my family. But, until that time I am excited to be living out my call to ministry in the North Georgia Conference. I love Methodism, I love her people, and mostly, I love Jesus. I have much enthusiasm for the work ahead of us at University Heights. You are in my prayers and I trust that you are praying for me during this transition.
Director of Worship & Music Ministries
Brittney Jaynes grew up in Conyers, GA and graduated from Rockdale County High School in 2002. She then went on to pursue music at Berry College and in 2006, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's in Music Education. She is going into her eleventh year of teaching music and has previously taught at Morrow Middle School, Conyers Middle School, and currently teaches music and chorus at the Waldorf School of Atlanta. Brittney also previously worked as the Children's Choir Director at Morningside Presbyterian Church and most recently was the Associate Director of Music at Snellville United Methodist Church for the past six years. She is excited and blessed to continue her spiritual leadership through music at University Heights United Methodist Church.
Minister to Children & Youth
Ryan is currently a first-year Master of Divinity student at Candler School of Theology from Moulton, Alabama. Prior to University Heights, Ryan attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama where he majored in Religion and Communication Studies, in addition to serving in Pastoral, Youth, and Children's Ministry internships at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery. Ryan is excited to be serving at University Heights and for its potential for growth and involvement in the community.
Nicki grew up in the Decatur Area. She attended Glenn Memorial Pre-School, Fernbank Elementary, and Druid Hills High School. She attended Oxford College in Oxford, GA for two years and then transfered to Georgia State University where she studied Early Childhood Education. Nicki's previous jobs include Retail Merchandise Manager & Buyer for an organizational company, merchandising for Levitz furniture, serving on the Laurel Ridge PTA Board as Co-President, and serving on the Pangborn Swim & Tennis Courts Board for two years as Secretary and two years as President. Nicki started with us on August 6th and has enjoyed all the well wishes and support from Church Staff and its Members. Nicki is married to Scott Sinkler and they have three children, Conrad - 18, Eric - 15, and Kaitlin - 12. They have lived in the neighborhood for 12 years and love the community and friends they have made here.
David was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He has worked for UHUMC for 6 years. He is married to Pam and they have two children, Honour and Richard (Brooks). He enjoys working on challenging projects.